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Claim the Stage: A Public Speaking Podcast for Women

Welcome! Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. Hosted by Angela Lussier, an award-winning professional speaker, author, and CEO + founder of the Speaker Sisterhood. Learn more: www.speakersisterhood.com
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Jun 20, 2018
When you hear the word "diversity," what do you think of? Race? Religion? Age? Gender? On today's episode, we're framing diversity as those special ingredients that make you who you are. It's those ingredients that also help you to connect with others in various environments and groups and make you a dynamic speaker. My guest today is a leader, speaker, author, and coach. Amy C. Waninger is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level LLC, which helps busy professionals develop skills in leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career management. She is the author of Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your CareerWhen speaking to audiences, how do you deal with people who are different than you? How do you relate to them? How do you use your special ingredients to build a connection? We cover all this and more on today's show. 
 
Also mentioned on the show, I share that I am taking the summer off from the podcast and will be back with new episodes in September. If you have any episode or guest ideas, please email me at angela@speakersisterhood.com.
 
 
 
Jun 13, 2018

Speakers often mistake their “norm” as a commonality that they share with many other speakers. In reality, your “norm” is actually your unique DNA. Every speaker has their own unique story/journey and learning how to tell it is absolutely crucial in today’s public speaking environment. On today's show, I interview Travis Thomas, a professional public speaker and seasoned improv performer. Travis has performed in front of thousands of people and trained dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo., and Under Armour. On this episode, you'll learn how being "normal" can actually be the key to your success, how to use your story to create a connection with the audience, and how to use trust, vulnerability, and authenticity to be a better public speaker. You can learn more about Travis at http://liveyesand.com and get his book, 3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And!

Jun 6, 2018

When you're looking for support in accomplishing your goals, where do you turn? Do you value diversity of thought and experience unlike your own when seeking advice and direction? To offer her insight on this topic, I interview Julie Kratz, a highly-acclaimed leadership trainer, frequent keynote speaker, and executive coach. Julie is the author of Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan and ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality.

On today's episode, we cover:

  • what “male allies” are, why they are important, and their role in helping women’s success
  • why women should encourage men to become allies, and how men can get involved
  • a few tips to help women and men who want to work together successfully
  • the kinds of results women can hope to see by following this advice
  • two of the key points in Julie's book, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality
  • one piece of advice that you can do today to be more successful working together

Check out Julie's book here and find out more about her work here: 

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May 30, 2018

You've likely heard of SEO (search engine optimization), blogging, and websites, but have you ever used these tools yourself? If you are interested in being a paid public speaker, a big part of booking your next gig comes from event organizers finding you! If you don't have a website yet, you are missing out on an opportunity to show your expertise and have a virtual storefront for your speaking business.

On today's episode, I interview Kristen Day, the owner of A Visual Business and a consultant and trainer for small businesses with a focus on their online presence using social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), paid advertising on Google (PPC), blogging, website readability and development, and email marketing.

We discuss: 

  • the “trifecta” and why speakers need it
  • why SEO is important for speakers and how to use it
  • how to be an effective blogger and write meaningful content
  • how to get started with a website and tips for keeping it simple
  • mistakes people make when following this advice
  • how to use these tools with social media to be most effective and efficient
  • the one most important piece of advice to help you get started right now

If you're interested in getting booked for more speaking gigs and don't want to do all the legwork of reaching out to organizations, help them find you by listening to today's episode. You can find out more about Kristen at www.AVisualBusiness.com

May 23, 2018

How comfortable are you with being assertive? Did you know that it can save your life? On today's episode, I interview Lauren Roselle, one of the world’s experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, assertiveness, harassment prevention, and self-defense. She is also the founder and President of Esteem, a communication consulting firm. 

We discuss:

  • what “verbal assertiveness” is and why it's important 
  • the difference between being assertive and being aggressive
  • how women can use their voice to be respected by others and seen as powerful
  • how women can use their voice to prevent assault and sexual harassment
  • how to set and communicate clear boundaries

Lauren has led well over 1,000 workshops and her 27 years of experience includes personal coaching, group trainings, and motivational public speaking. Lauren’s mission is to empower those around her to walk through the world with less fear and more confidence. 
You can find out more about her at https://esteemcommunication.org.

 

May 18, 2018

In the final episode of the Tales from the Road mini series, Lenore Braun, club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, creative director of the Speaker Sisterhood, interview me about my reflections, lessons, embarrassing moments, and advice for other speakers interested in planning a tour. 13 days after my five-week speaking tour, I'm sharing all the details and behind the scenes stories that went into the planning and execution of this massive undertaking. If you haven't listened to any other episodes in this series yet, you might want to start at the beginning, as I do reference those episodes in this interview. Enjoy! 

May 9, 2018

Being a persuasive speaker is a work of art. It requires thinking through some key elements of your message, knowing your call to action, and keeping things simple. On today's episode, you'll hear from Dr Michelle Mazur, a speaking strategist and founder of Communication Rebel in Seattle, Washington. She gives her advice for creating a persuasive speech with a memorable message by using her "3 Word Rebellion" method. You'll also learn a few fundamental ways to be persuasive and how to avoid messing it up! If you are a business owner, you'll learn how to assemble a talk that helps you promote your work and persuade your audience (without a sales pitch at the end!). You'll also learn how to find what your audience is resistant to so you can include their objections in your presentation. This episode is full of helpful tips and easy to follow advice. You can get Michelle's 3 Word Rebellion Framework at www.threewordrebellion.com and find more information about her at www.drmichellemazur.com. Enjoy! 

May 2, 2018

As I was thinking about this week's episode, it occurred to me that there was one major piece missing from the series so far: the speech I've been giving on the tour! Monday night, I setup my podcast mic in the event space and recorded the speech I've been giving on the road. The title it goes by is The Secret Life of Speaking Up or Discover Your Power Voice and the content is the same for both. This talk breaks down how to see public speaking differently, how to reframe fear, how to use your body, mind, and spirit to be a more powerful presenter, and how to infuse love into your words so your talks are more impactful. This workshop was recorded Monday, April 30, 2018 at The Park View Room in Worcester, Massachusetts for the Young Professional Women's Association. Enjoy!

Have a question about the tour you'd like asked on next week's episode? We're wrapping up the speaking tour and may include your question in the post-tour interview. Email me at angela@speakersisterhood.com! 

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 27, 2018

On today's episode of Claim the Stage, you'll hear an impromptu conversation between some serious public speakers! We put together a little roundtable to share stories, tips, and what still surprises us.

Featured on the episode:

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women

Kit Pang, founder of BostonSpeaks

Brenda Loan Baker, Speaker Sisterhood club leader in Boston, Brockton, and Lowell

Emily Canina, Speaker Sisterhood club leader in Boston

Kathy Lamphier, marketing professional 

Addison, a really cut dog

You'll hear about how to reframe fear, how I use my interest in standup comedy in my speaking, how Bobbie uses "not being funny" to also be hilarious, how Kit keeps things simple, and how passion and talking about what you like can improve your presentations. This episode was recorded at Alley, a coworking space at 10 Ware Street in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 26, 2018. Enjoy!

*See pictures of Addison the dog on my Instagram: @angelalussier

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 20, 2018

One of my favorite parts of the #SpeakUpTour2018 so far has been the private dinners we're doing at women's homes. In today's episode, you'll get to hear some of the two-minute speeches given at those dinners. To give you some context, at the dinners, I talk about the importance of infusing love into your presentations so you can transfer that love to your audience. The best public speakers speak from the heart and create an emotional connection with their audience - this is what makes them powerful. In the 15 speeches you'll hear today, look for the love! Each one of them shares something personal and important to them. These speeches were recorded at private homes in York, Maine on April 10th and Yarmouthport, Massachusetts on April 19th. Most of the women who are sharing in this episode rarely give speeches (some never have) and bravely agreed to not only speak in front of the group, but also be recorded for this podcast! So cool. :)

Learn more about #SpeakUpTour2018 here: https://speakersisterhood.com/speakup/

Apr 11, 2018

Howdy! It's day 11 of the #SpeakUpTour2018 and I'm sharing what I've learned so far on the road. I feel like a band on tour now that I'm constantly traveling in the van and living out of a suitcase. It's been fun and my schedule has allowed me some downtime to think about what I'm learning. I'm sharing my top six reflections with you on today's episode.

They are:

  1. Everything is more real now
  2. We are all the same
  3. Being present is more important than being perfect, but it's good to have a plan
  4. Life is a continual study
  5. You'll never be ready; you just have to start
  6. It's all about listening and connecting

If you've ever thought about going on a speaking tour or want to up your speaking game, these reflections may be helpful on your journey. Enjoy!

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 4, 2018

If you haven't already heard, I'm hitting the road! I'm posting today's episode from Portland, Maine, the first stop on my speaking tour that we've titled #SpeakUpTour2018. I'm on a mission to empower women to speak up through a series of workshops, events, and book signings happening all over New England in the month of April. I'm excited to get started and share my stories from the road as the month goes on.

On today's episode, I have three interviews to share with you. I've decided to share the behind the scenes of what goes into building a speaking tour by interviewing a couple of people who made it possible: Shana from All Star Car and Truck Rental in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Athan Vennell, a clothing designer located in Hatfield, Massachusetts. The third interview in today's episode is with me! Lenore Braun and Amber Ladley, part of the Speaker Sisterhood team, took over the show and interview me about my pre-tour thoughts. I'm pretty tired in the interview, but I think I said a few useful things? We'll see! If you want to view pictures of the van we rented and the dresses I'm wearing, check them out here. Find out more about All Star Car & Truck Rental here and check out Athan Vennell on Facebook or email him at athanvennell@gmail.com.

Find out where we're going on tour and join us:

https://speakersisterhood.com/speakup/

Have ideas for upcoming episodes or want to share feedback? Email me! Angela@speakersisterhood.com 

Mar 28, 2018
The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 5, you'll hear from members Sandra Costello and Beth Ann Jedziniak.

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

Mar 21, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 4, you'll hear from members Adrienne Roth and Lenore Braun. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

Mar 14, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 3, you'll hear from members Deb Burke and Julie Bermant. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

Mar 7, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 2, you'll hear from members Becky Vesce and Lori Polep. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

Feb 28, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 1, you'll hear from members Alicia Davis and Beth Fairservis. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

Feb 21, 2018

A big part of becoming a well-known speaker is getting yourself in front of people and being seen. However, being visible can be scary! Where do you go? What do you say? How do you do it well? In today's episode, I interview Ed Evarts, an author, speaker, and leadership coach and we get into this sticky subject. His newest book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job includes his "Seven Visibility Accelerators" and he shows us how to create that visibility we're looking for. The seven are:          

#1: Introduce yourself

#2: Be accessible

#3: Be responsive

#4: Interact with others

#5: Participate with a purpose

#6: Engage with industry associations

#7: Manage your reputation

Ed shares great tips and stories to emphasize the seven accelerators and even shares a few mistakes he sees people make so we can be more successful at following his advice. If you're trying to build your brand as a speaker, today's episode is for you. Learn more about Ed Evarts and get his book here: http://www.excellius.com 

Feb 14, 2018

Do you struggle with feeling confident when presenting yourself in front of others? Join the club! Feeling discomfort when speaking in public is a normal reaction. So how do you curb that natural response? On today's episode, you'll hear from Alyssa Dver, chief confidence officer and co-founder of the American Confidence Institute and author of seven books including Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game. She answers the question, what is confidence? And shares how confidence impacts your behavior, how to build confidence leading up to a presentation, hold onto it throughout your talk, and not let your inner critic run the show when you're done. She also shares the neuroscience behind building confidence and offers a couple of her “instant, anytime confidence kickers." If confidence is an area where you struggle, you'll love today's episode!

Get a free ebook copy of Alyssa's book, Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game. by emailing her at alyssa@kickass-confidence.com

Learn more about Alyssa: www.kickass-confidence.com 

Jan 31, 2018

If you're an expert on a subject or feel like you have something to prove, you may feel the need to share everything you know in one presentation. While that may make you feel like you've covered all your bases, it will likely leave your audience feeling overwhelmed, lost, and tired. Rather than leave them wondering what to do next, get to the heart of your message by following the advice of today's guest. In this episode, I interview Suzannah Baum, presentation skills specialist, and executive speech coach and speaker. With more than a decade of experience in the public speaking field, Suzannah teaches both new and experienced speakers how to create and deliver structured, engaging and powerful presentations, allowing them to step out in front of audiences with confidence, build their careers and businesses, and stand out as the leader that they are. We cover Suzannah's tips on cutting through the fluff and using her "who, what, how" approach to decide what stays and what goes. She talks about how to make your talk relevant to your audience and give the most impact. If you're having a hard time sticking to your message and want some practical advice, you're in the right place. To get Suzannah's "Diamond Method" and free report on how to build a better talk, go to www.suzannahbaum.com/claimthestage 

Enjoy! 

Jan 24, 2018

You can craft a talk, but can you make a point? In today's episode, I interview Joel Schwartzberg, a professional communications trainer and author of the just-released “Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter." We cover the problems speakers run into when they're building their message, early warning signs that your talk isn't going to make a point, and the "I believe..." test to make sure you're on the right track. Joel shares a few strategies to not only help with content, but also delivery and presence. He also shares a few of his favorite female speakers who aren't afraid to present with power. If you're looking for simple tweaks to add high impact to your points, you're in the right place. More information about Joel can be found at www.joelschwartzberg.net.

Jan 17, 2018

I love hearing from you! I grabbed some of the questions you've been asking over the last few months and answered them in today's episode. Have you ever wondered about the following? 

  • How do you go from speaking for free to getting paid?
  • What’s the best way to find speaking engagements?
  • What should my speaker bio include?
  • Tips for coming across well on Skype or Facebook Live?
  • How do you handle when emotion starts to creep in? How can you ready yourself if you feel that lump of emotion in your throat?
  • Any tips for rounding out your speech with a solid close?
  • Mistakes made like falling on stage or wearing the wrong thing, how do you recover from that?
  • What are the best and most cost effective sources for images to include in presentations without copyright infringement?
  • What do you do to generate so many speaker topic ideas?
  • I know politicians do this, but is it ok to give the same or nearly same speech multiple times?

Thank you to all the question askers! If you'd like your question to appear on an upcoming episode of Claim the Stage, email me! Angela@speakersisterhood.com. Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2018

I'm often asked how I put myself out there and make myself so visible in the world. The question usually sounds like this: "How do you just go out and do it?" The short answer is, it requires a lot of focus and discipline. I actually don't just "go out and do it." On today's episode, my guest, Jodi Flynn, an Amazon bestselling author and Founder of Women Taking the Lead, outlines the four steps you need to take if you want to get out of your own way and put yourself out there. The bottom line is that it's not as hard as you think, especially if you know yourself and the way you like to work.

I share one of my slightly embarrassing goals for this year and we use her steps to help me be successful in accomplishing it. (Kind of wishing I didn't mention it, but hey, that's part of putting yourself out there!) Jodi also shares some of the mistakes people make when following her steps and shows you how to get out of your head and change the stories you're telling yourself about who you are. Jodi is a wealth of knowledge and has the life experience to back up her advice. If you're looking to change just about anything this year, this episode is for you! 

Got an idea for an upcoming episode? Email me! angela@speakersisterhood.com

Jan 3, 2018

I'll be the first to say 2017 was full of mistakes, successes, and lessons. In today's solo episode, I share three reflections, four resolutions for 2018, and one revolution! I hand selected these topics for your benefit and to invite you to play a bigger game this year. I share stories about some of my limiting beliefs and how I was able to transform them, what I learned while I was sick in a cabin in Vermont, and what feeling sad taught me about my communication skills. I also go over four of my personal resolutions for this coming year and why I chose them, and invite you to one big revolution! If you're excited about personal growth, challenging yourself more than ever, and showing up in a whole new way, you're going to love today's episode! 

Have an idea for an upcoming episode of Claim the Stage? Email me! angela@speakersisterhood.com

Dec 13, 2017

Transitioning from full-time employment to a less traditional role like entrepreneurship, consulting, or public speaking can be a time of uncertainty and insecurity. If you’re wondering how your experience and skills translate outside of a corporate environment, Look no further! On today’s episode, I interview Shannon O'Brien, founder of Whole U. Career & Life Strategy in Boston, Mass. We discuss how to find interesting and memorable stories from your work experience and how to integrate them into your online content, presentations, and overall brand. Shannon shares some of the mistakes people make in transition and how to get around them. You’ll hear a story about one of her clients who completely changed her focus after 20 years in corporate human resources and how she was able to bring her experiences together to create a cohesive message. Shannon also shares some of her own struggles leaving a 9-5 job and beginning her coaching practice. You’ll learn how to create content that is consistent and focused while also creating the message you really want to share. If you have a boatload of work experience and want to learn how to talk about it, today’s episode is for you. Learn more about Shannon here: http://www.wholeu.info

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